Re: Don't be silly!
Ha! "Copying everything from HP..."
On a constant currency basis Oracle is growing -- in Hardware too! HP is shrinking on constant currency basis, and in general.
You may be able to question some of Oracle's specific tactics, but you can't honestly claim that Oracle is copying HP in any way, shape, or form. Oracle has pretty much claimed victory over HP, and has IBM firmly in their cross hairs. All of this by changing how business is done, not by copying what others do -- again, you may question how they do this, but it seems to be working. While HP and IBM are divesting or just plain EOLing any original technology (PA-RISC, POWER, AIX, HP-UX, VMS, etc), Oracle is doubling down on Solaris, SPARC, OracleDB, etc).
HP is just a sad mess. IBM is fast becoming just services company, much as EDS was before HP bought it. Oracle is going the opposite direction by trying to become the Apple of Enterprise Computing. Again, you can argue whether Oracle will succeed, but it seems clear that this is their goal.